Here’s a bit of good news that’s music to our ears.Erie Insurance will be honored this fall with the national Arts and Business Partnership Award from Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America.
Presented annually, the Arts and Business Partnership Awards honor 10 U.S. companies, a business leader and an arts and business partnership for their exceptional commitment to the arts through grants, local partnerships, volunteer programs, matching gifts, sponsorships and board membership.
Erie Insurance was nominated for the award by Erie Arts & Culture, the Local Arts Agency (LAA) for Northwest Pennsylvania, to recognize the company’s long-standing commitment to the arts and art organizations in all 12 states where ERIE does business.
“Supporting the community is in ERIE’s DNA and the arts are a vital part of the communities we serve,” said Ann Scott, community outreach manager at Erie Insurance. “A community cannot be successful without a thriving art community.”
4 Fast Facts About ERIE and the Arts
- We go way back. More than 50 years ago, one of ERIE’s first employees, Samuel P. Black (who later became a longtime successful agent) was instrumental in developing the first United Arts Fund Drive in Erie, Pennsylvania. His legacy continues today.
- We spread the love. Our sponsorships of arts organizations, events, cultural offerings, and venues range far and wide throughout all 12 states we do business.
- We have an in-office art gallery. Since 2009, the Galerie (pronounced “gallery”) at our Home Office in Erie, Pennsylvania has hosted regular exhibitions from professional artists in the region. (In fact, some of the award-winning artists are current and former ERIE employees!) All pieces are for sale, with 100% of the proceeds going back to the artist.
- Our employees give back, too. At the individual level, ERIE employees support the arts by volunteering at company-sponsored projects through ERIE Service Corps; making charitable contributions through our dollar-for-dollar Matching Gifts Program; and donating their time and talent through board service.
“We are grateful to honor these businesses and individuals for their exceptional involvement in ensuring that the arts thrive in their communities," said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “They provide the arts with significant financial and in-kind support, and they incorporate meaningful arts-related programs into their employee, customer and community relations activities. They enrich the lives of millions of Americans and truly set a standard for other businesses to follow.”
Find out more about ERIE’s longstanding commitment to our community through the Erie Insurance Giving Network or by following #ERIEforGood wherever you share.
Photo: Inner City Neighborhood Art House, courtesy of Erie Arts & Culture